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Can Old House Wiring Be Dangerous?

House wiring

Older homes can be some of the most beautiful as they are often rich in architecture and history, that many newer homes simply do not have. Although historic homes have many great relics of the past, they may also have old and dangerous wiring.

House wiring is very important as we rely on electricity every day to meet our family’s needs. So, how do you know if your house wiring is dangerous and needs to be replaced?

Pre-1940s homes may contain faulty wiring.

Like any home, house wiring ages and with normal wear and tear, they will need to be replaced. This is especially true for older homes that date back to the 1940s. This is because in all older homes, the electrical system is not equipped to handle to electrical load caused by today’s modern appliances. Lack of wall outlets and receptacles in an older home also contributes to the problem as homeowners use extension cords that may pose a risk themselves.

When to replace wiring?

Although house wiring can last for decades, some will need replacement due to use or normal age. If you can visibly see frayed or dangerous wires, that is a good indication that your house wiring needs to be replaced.

If you are not sure, you should schedule an inspection with a certified electrician. An electrician will ensure your electrical system and wiring is operating smoothly. He will identify the areas where wiring may be bad or need to be replaced.

Since faulty wiring can lead to fires or electrocution, ensuring that your house wiring is safe is extremely important to your well-being. For more information, call Mister Sparky® of the Bay Area at (707) 368-4821 today!